Police in Peru have seized a shipment that contains 1.4 kilogram of cocaine, with packaging material branded with Lionel Messi’s face.
The seized shipment has areported street worth of £73million.
The haul had Barcelona’s ‘M’ logo printed on it, with Messi’s name and face. The shipment even had the royal seal of the King of Spain. The Class A drug illegal shipment was poised to land in Europe before the officials captured it.
Spanish sources El Mundo Deportivo claims the shipment were hidden inside a container that was carrying 1,300 giant squid fillets. There are creative ways through which the exporters hide their illegalities. Last year a fruit wholesale dealer hid cocaine in plastic bananas. The cocaine had a street value of £24milion. The fruit seller hid the drug for Columbian drug lord Daniel Valdes Jaramillo whose nickname was ‘Messi.’ The banned shipment was found in a warehouse in Kent.
The drug business is not affecting football in Peru. The national team side kept their World Cup hopes alive after they defeated their Uruguayan counterpart 2-1. Barcelona superstar Luis Suarez returned from suspension for the game but he could do nothing to save them. Continue reading POLICE UNCOVER COCAINE WITH LIONEL MESSI PACKAGING
Peru football association said that they are looking for ways to improve the level of their football.
The national team is currently ranked 8th in the CONMEBOL ranking for the World Cup qualification, and the federation wants the team to improve.
Indeed the level of Peruvian football has steadily declined in recent years due to poor management of the football federation.
However, there are signs that the national team is recovering with results of the national team improving. They managed to eliminate Brazil at the latest Copa America in the USA, and they have also managed some good results in the World Cup qualification.
In their last game against Argentina, they were unfortunate for not having won the game after twice leading the match. They only managed a draw against one of the better sides in qualification.
But these results have been relatively rare, and the football federation wants to ensure that they get this kind of result on a regular basis. Continue reading Peru football must improve
Arsenal striker Alexis Sanchez scored twice as Chile defeated Uruguay 3-1 in a crucial CONMEBOL World Cup qualifier.
The forward only just returned from a hamstring injury with the club warning Chile not to risk him. Sanchez played anyway, and he was heavily strapped yet he scored two times in 16 minutes. He received an overwhelming standing ovation when he exited the pitch in the 84th minute.
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger warned sternly that playing in the game would be a “suicidal decision” for Sanchez as it might leave him with a more serious injury. Wenger was not ready to risk the striker as it could impact Arsenal’s title chase in a very competitive term. Sanchez’s display will allay the French tactician’s fears going into the game against Manchester United this weekend.
Edison Cavani opened scoring for Uruguay within 15 minutes before Chile got an equalizer just before the recess. Eduardo Vargas’ header did the magic, and Sanchez put them ahead in the 60th minute. He got the second goal as well, sending fans wild. Everyone knew what a victory would do to their World Cup hopes, particularly as they battle Argentina for a spot in Russia 2018. Continue reading SANCHEZ SCORES TWICE IN 3-1 URUGUAY WIN
Sebastian Vignolo, the presenter of a famous Football show on Argentinean TV, is of the opinion that Paolo Guerrero, the skipper of the Peruvian national Football Team, hasn’t got his due recognition in the Football world because of his nationality.
As per Vignolo, if Guerrero had been hailing from a country that is in Europe or even from some other country in South America, but, not Peru, the best clubs in the world would be lining up for his services.
In the words of Vignolo, “Peru doesn’t have a history of producing players who became the best of the generations, like an Argentina or a Brazil has and the league structure of the country is not rated around the world either. That is, maybe, why someone coming from Peru doesn’t fascinate you, but, what I have made of Paolo is that he is world-class and with a different nationality, he might have a Barcelona contract in his pocket by now.”
Continue reading Sebastian Vignolo is of view that Paolo Guerrero hasnt got Recognition in Football World
The men national football team in Peru are preparing for friendlies lined up prior the Copa America coming up this summer.
The team has had a shambolic form in the world Cup qualifying campaign in the CONMEBOL group. Of the ten teams vying for a place at the World Cup finals, Peru lie in 8th position after garnering just four points from the six games played so far.
The team fought hard against Chile but lost at home 3-4 late last year. The loss propelled the team in the next game against Paraguay where they finished with the three points courtesy of a lone goal at home. They faced the last World Cup host, Brazil next but fell to a three nil defeat in an away match that felt the team scarred. They eventually forced a draw against Venezuela during the March international break but Luiz Suarez and Edison Cavani
ran riot in the recent victory of Uruguay against the Peruvian side.
The men’s national team in Peru would now focus on the planet friendlies aginst Trinidad and Tobago, and El Salvador next month. This will be in preparation for the Copa America billed to start in June. Continue reading NATIONAL TEAM FOOTBALL IN PERU LOOK BEYOND WORLD CUP QUALIFIERS
Xavi Hernandez is another as one of the greatest ever players for Barcelona in the last couple of decades.
In fact, he would be one of the best players in the history of the club. Such is the contribution of the 35-year-old not just to the trophies won but also for the style of football. It was under the presence of Xavi at his peak when Guardiola brought back the passing style of football at the club to immense success. However, Xavi choose not to retire at the Camp Nou since he was in increasingly forced away from the first team.
Manager Luis Enrique decided to opt for the future and it meant that the 35-year-old Xavi was not a regular first choice. He has joined Middle East for the last couple of years of his career. Newly crowned Barcelona presidentJosep Maria Bartomeu says that the legendary midfielder is more likely to return to the Camp Nou once he hangs up his boots. Barcelona will want to continue the tradition of promoting from within. After having come through the ranks at the club, the ultimate progression for Xavi will be to coach the team at some point in the future. It has been the way with the likes of Guardiola and Enrique. Continue reading Xavi Hernandez is another as one of the greatest ever players
There are some players who knock on the door of the national team and then, there are others who just break open that door. Philippe Coutinho seems to be the one belonging to that second category.
The 22-year old Brazilian midfielder who has not been featuring for his national team in the recent times has now made it difficult for the Selecao boss Dunga to ignore him.
He has been showing a bit of a Midas touch for the Reds in the English first division Football this season.
It’s not only the goals that he has scored. A lot of players actually find the net, but, there are only few who catch the eyes.
Those who tend to score on big occasions are spoken about the most.
In pressure situations with whips cracking, Coutinho has lifted his game and has done the job for Liverpool and perhaps, tried to send a message to Dunga that he is ready for a national recall.
When he was given the opportunity to play International Football for the first time back in 2010, he was only 17 at that time and was just learning his art. He was pretty good though, but, perhaps not good enough for that level. Continue reading Philippe Coutinho may get place in National Team